The announcements from Mobile World Congress (MWC) keep on coming and, although maybe not as exciting as the HTC and Samsung events, they are important announcements all the same. MirrorLink may be a name that many are not familiar with, but they play an important role in our connectivity between our smartphones and our automobile. They announced today that the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are MirrorLink compatible.
Alan Ewing, President and Executive Director of the CCC said today, “Distribution on the world’s most popular Samsung devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 4, Note Edge, and now the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, reaffirm that MirrorLink is real and in the hands of millions of consumers today. For consumers, the variety of MirrorLink-enabled handsets and vehicles has turned the promise of the connected car into a reality. And with deployments taking place on such a large scale, developers can focus on what they do best – creating innovative apps to redefine the connected driving experience.”
MirrorLink is the brainchild of the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), whose mission is to develop global standards for phone-centric car connectivity solutions. Since their inception in 2011, the CC has grown to 94 members that represent more than 70-percent of the worldwide market share of vehicles and more than 60-percent of the worldwide market share of smartphones. Their first effort is the MirrorLink technology – it is the standard for controlling a smartphone from your steering wheel or through dashboard buttons or screen display. It allows the driver to connect responsibly to their smartphone while driving.
The majority of drivers own a smartphone, and most have this insatiable desire to use that smartphone while they are driving – whether it be texting, checking emails or receiving or making a phone call…almost makes you wonder just how we lived without wireless mobile. No laws or fines seem to be working, so the next best thing is to use our smartphone, while driving, in a responsible manner, and the is exactly what the CCC and their MirrorLink effort is working to accomplish. Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know if you use you smartphone while driving and if you hold your device or use a hands-free method…as always, we would love to hear from you.